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Koussevitzky’s Legacy at Tanglewood

Thomas Warfield has short, curly, purple hair. He wears a blue fur coat and smiles at the camera. Paul Lewis has dark curly hair and blue eyes. He wears a dark pea coat and stares intently at the camera. Andris Nelsons has dark brown hair and a beard. He wears a navy suit and looks to the left of the camera.
Courtesy of the BSO: Warfield; Jack Liebeck: Lewis; Marco Borggreve: Nelsons
From left: Thomas Warfield, Paul Lewis, and Andris Nelsons

Sunday, July 28, 2024
7:00 PM

This program, focusing on the wide variety and rich tapestry of 20th century music, explores themes of spirituality and liberation, blending American sounds and European traditions much as Koussevitzky did during his life.

In a reflection of Koussevitzky’s commitment to new music, Thomas Warfield is the narrator in James Lee III’s Freedom’s Genuine Dawn, a piece based on the great Fredrick Douglas text “What to the Slave Is the 4th of July?”. Paul Lewis is the soloist in the Piano Concerto by Aaron Copland, whom Koussevitzky brought to the Berkshires to launch what’s now the Tanglewood Music Center, one of the world’s premiere academies for early-stage professional musicians, and for which Randall Thompson wrote his Alleluia, still sung at the TMC to begin of every summer. And the Tanglewood Festival Chorus also sings one of Koussevitzky’s most significant commissions, Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms.

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Paul Lewis, piano
Thomas Warfield, narrator
Tanglewood Festival Chorus
James Burton, conductor

James LEE III Freedom’s Genuine Dawn
Aaron COPLAND Piano Concerto
Randall THOMPSON Alleluia
Igor STRAVINSKY Symphony of Psalms